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Title: TRADE AGREEMENT COMPLIANCE AND MONITORING IN EL SALVADOR

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06SANSALVADOR24372006-10-04 17:44:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy San Salvador
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INFO RUEHZA/WHA CENTRAL AMERICAN COLLECTIVE
RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHINGTON DC
RUEHLMC/MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORP WASHINGTON DC
RUEHRC/USDA FAS WASHDC
UNCLAS SAN SALVADOR 002437 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR STATE/EB/TPP/MTA - EKOCH 
STATE PASS USAID/LAC 
STATE ALSO PASS USTR - HIRSH 
USDOC FOR 4332/ITA/MAC/WH/MSIEGELMAN AND 4110/TCC 
USDOC ALSO FOR 3134/ITA/USFCS/OIO/WH/PKESHISHIAN/BARTHUR 
USDA FOR USDA/ITP/FAS/BERTSCH 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ECON ETRD ES
SUBJECT: TRADE AGREEMENT COMPLIANCE AND MONITORING IN EL SALVADOR 
 
REF: STATE 152063 
 
The following information is provided in response to reftel. 
 
¶A.  The Economic Section coordinates efforts at post to monitor 
trade agreements and respond to trade barrier complaints, with 
significant input from the Foreign Commercial Service, Foreign 
Agricultural Service, Political Section, U.S. Agency for 
International Development, and Department of Homeland Security.  The 
Front Office and Public Affairs Sections also have significant 
roles, especially in developing and executing effective strategies 
to encourage compliance when barriers are identified. 
 
¶B.  David Krzywda, Economic Officer, is the primary contact for 
issues related to trade agreement compliance.  Mary Boscia, 
Commercial Attache, is the alternate contact. 
 
¶C.  The following are examples of trade compliance activities at 
post: 
 
--For many years, post has worked extensively on compliance issues 
related to intellectual property rights, first under the TRIPS 
Agreement, and now under that agreement as well as CAFTA-DR. 
Working with U.S. industry representatives, post is now supporting 
efforts of the Public Health Council and Ministry of Economy to 
implement the data protection and patent linkage provisions of 
CAFTA-DR.  Also in coordination with U.S. industry representatives, 
post is working with local law enforcement to dismantle distribution 
networks for copyright and trademark infringing goods. 
 
--Post has provided extensive reporting related to Salvadoran 
qualification for trade preferences under the Caribbean Basin 
Initiative (CBI).  Post has also participated in a number of 
inspection activities in the textile and apparel sector to certify 
compliance with CBI rules of origin. 
 
--Currently, post is working with Washington-based USTR and USDA 
officials to revise Salvadoran sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) 
regulations for poultry and eggs that unreasonably limit market 
access for U.S. exporters.  Post has also provided technical 
assistance to Salvadoran authorities on SPS issues related to 
systems equivalency for meat and poultry. 
 
¶D.  The following are examples of monitoring efforts at post: 
 
--Post is working with Central Bank and other regulatory authorities 
to ensure that legislation being prepared on securitization, 
financial sector regulation, factoring, and leasing is consistent 
with the CAFTA-DR financial services commitments. 
 
--Maintaining contacts within the textile and apparel sector allows 
post to monitor issues related to rules of origin for that sector. 
 
--Post communicates regularly with government officials, NGOs, and 
others on environmental and labor issues related to the 
implementation of CAFTA-DR chapters on those topics. Post also 
provides technical assistance in these areas in support of 
compliance. 
 
--Working with U.S. express delivery companies, post is pressuring 
customs authorities to establish expedited handling for certain 
shipments. 
 
--The government proposes to expropriate a coffee plantation to 
create a national park; post is monitoring the situation because a 
U.S. company allegedly has a financial interest in the plantation. 
 
--Post continues to monitor local reports on El Salvador's effort to 
extend WTO approval for nonconforming Trade-Related Investment 
Measures (TRIMs) that give tax breaks to exporters. 
 
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